Chance to Save a Life
It isn't often that we have the opportunity to save a life. Bone marrow transplantation can be life-saving for patients with cancers of the blood and lymph tissue.
When patients reach the point in their disease where they need a bone marrow transplant, they are otherwise facing an almost certain death. Unfortunately, only 30 percent of patients who need bone marrow have a family member who is a compatible donor.
The other 70 percent rely on people who have joined the National Marrow Donor Program. Many patients die of their cancers because a compatible donor cannot be found.
Please consider enrolling in the National Marrow Donor Program. We have organized a registration drive for Tuesday, April 29, at Sandhills Community College. It will be a true community event with participation of many of the local heath care and community organizations.
Registration is painless and requires only a cheek swab. If you are found to be a match, you can literally save a person's life. Donation generally requires only removing the necessary blood cells from a vein -- a virtually painless procedure. Your body rapidly replaces the cells that have been removed.
Please stop by on Tuesday and get swabbed to save a life.
Paul J. Kuzma M.D.
Pinehurst Anesthesiology Associates
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